|Home Address||706 APPALACHIAN DRIVE, APT 11|
BLACKSBURG, VA 24060
|Street Address||706 APPALACHIAN DRIVE, APT 11|
|Address Line 2||BLACKSBURG|
|ZIP / Postal Code||24060|
|State / Province||VA|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||Virginia Tech|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||Master of Science, Politecnico di Milano, 2016, Civil Engineering (Transportation Infrastructures); Bachelor of Science, Politecnico di Milano, 2014, Civil Engineering|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||CIvil Engineering|
|Adviser Name||Gerardo Flintsch|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Adviser Address||3500 Transportation Research Plaza|
Blacksburg, VA 24061
|Street Address||3500 Transportation Research Plaza|
|ZIP / Postal Code||24061|
|State / Province||VA|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
Currently, I am having the good fortune of working with a Heavy Vehicle Simulator to test asphalt pavements. Through this machine, my main interest is to study and explore the properties of asphalt mixes, with particular reference to recycled mixes. The first run of tests in which I was involved covered the performances of Cold Central Plant Recycled (CCPR) mixes and the evaluation of the most correct ways to use this recycling technique. Some of the results of the study, which lasted for almost a year, were included in a paper which I had the chance to present at the latest TRB Annual Meeting. The CCPR material shows very promising performances with the final goal of reducing the usage of new materials and finding more sustainable solutions.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
During my master thesis and my Ph.D., I have been able to study Cold Central Plant Recycled (CCPR) mixes which are one of the techniques the Virginia Department of Transportation used already in one section of the I-81 highway and which would like to see implemented more. With this goal in mind, the objective of my research is to provide the transportation agencies with more reliable data about the actual performances of recycled mixes. In fact, one of the main factors which stop the DOTs from employing recycling and modified asphalts is the lack of performance data. Through the accelerated pavement testing and the use of a Heavy Vehicle Simulator, it is possible to obtain very interesting lessons and guidelines for the construction.
|List your academic awards and honors|
Pratt Scholarship 2017
|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
My main interest is the study and research of sustainable solutions and improvements of the actual technologies which we use every day. Through my Ph.D. about pavement engineering, I am able to do so in a small scale, and I also like to stay updated on other aspects of sustainability: from the environment to the social and economic impacts. In particular, I like to read about the politics and economic news and trends around the world.
|List your school activities|
I am currently a Graduate Research Assistant at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. In the past months I have been able to talk about my research on the following occasions:
I work daily at the Accelerated Pavement Testing facility. My tasks include the maintenance of the Heavy Vehicle Simulator; in particular the greasing of the machine, the recording of the 3D profile of the wheel path surface (in order to measure the development of rutting) and the visual inspection of the pavement (in order to keep track of cracking).